Learning to be official

Mount Maunganui surf lifesaving members will be chucked in the deep end at the Surf Official Level 1 course next month. The six-hour course, which is held three times a year in the eastern region, is for any surf lifesaving club member who would like... Read More

The Thursday plague of bad weather

What is going on with our Thursdays? This is the question from WeatherWatch.co.nz, which says there is a chance of yet another low next week too. “This Thursday will be the third consecutive one with rough weather - now the outlook for next Thursday,... Read More

Helicopter being used on SH25 slip

A helicopter has been used to remove loose rock and dirt from the slip on State Highway 25a in the Coromandel. The estimated 2000m3 sized slip came down Sunday night and is currently blocking the road. The NZ Transport Agency is advising the highway... Read More

Gold fever triples Talisman value

New Talisman Gold Mines Limited's announcement of the gold finds in the Karangahake Gorge has resulted in the company share value increasing nearly $20 million over the last year. The company value is now more than $30 million, says managing director... Read More

Severe weather to hit on Thursday

This week kicks off on a much quieter note but, once again, may not end that way. Strong wind and heavy rain is being forecast for the end of the week. “While we aren't forecasting a storm this week we are suggesting the chance of more wind... Read More

Coromandel highway remains closed

State Highway 25 in the Coromandel Peninsula remains closed this morning after a large slip blocked the highway in both directions. Police were alerted to the large land slip, which is about 50 metres wide and blocking both lanes, at 7pm. It has occurred... Read More

Pinks skies at night – what causes them?

Western Bay of Plenty residents may have noticed some stunning sunsets lately, particularly with a pink tinge. But what causes these beautiful sunsets? According to scientists, the season can have an impact. In winter, the air along the path of a ray... Read More

Twenty years of dune planting

Bay of Plenty Regional Council have shared a cake with students and teachers at Thornton School to recognise an incredible 20 years of dune planting on their local beach.  The small rural school in the Whakatane District has been planting each winter... Read More

On the trail of beauty

Papamoa physiotherapist James Mooney is no runner – golf is his thing – but he's pulling on his running shoes for a good cause in September – The Moa Experience trail run. The inaugural event on September 3 will cover a 15km course... Read More

Southern Harbour work resumes

Construction work on the Southern Pipline will now continue after an assessment came back giving the all clear. On Thursday morning mud used for drilling seeped through loose ground and reached the low tide harbour surface on the Memorial Park side. Construction... Read More



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Silhouetted sunrise on July 14th. Photo: Janet Hetherington

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